What Happened in October 1904

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 JB van Heutsz becomes governor general of Dutch East Indies
  • Oct 1 Netherlands & Portugal lay down bounderies splitting Timor
  • Oct 3 France & Spain sign treaty for Morocco Independence
  • Oct 3 Giants Christy Mathewson strikes out then record 16 Cards
  • Oct 3 Mary McLeod Bethune opens Daytona Normal & Industrial School
  • Oct 7 NY Highlander Jack Chesbro wins record 41st game of season (41-12)
  • Oct 8 1st Vanderbilt Cup auto race (Hicksville, Long Island, NY)
  • Oct 10 Liberty Theater opens at 234 W 42nd St NYC
  • Oct 10 Yanks 2 games out play 1st place Red Sox on final day doubleheader 41 game winner Chesbro loses 1st game & chance at pennant
  • Oct 10 Boston pitchers achieve 148 complete games-an AL record, also record for total complete games AL 1,098, NL 1,089
  • Oct 15 The Russians are driven back by the Japanese in the Battle of Shaho; both sides suffer high casualties: Japanese (16,000) and Russians (60,000)
  • Oct 16 Russian Baltic fleet departs to Port Arthur
  • Oct 17 Bank of Italy (Bank of America) opens its doors
  • Oct 18 Gustav Mahler's 5th symphony premieres in Cologne
  • Oct 19 Polytechnic University of the Philippines founded as Manila Business School through superintendence of American C.A. O'Reilley
  • Oct 20 Bolivia and Chile sign a treaty ending the War of the Pacific; ecognizing Chile's possession of the coast, providing for construction of a railway linking La Paz, Bolivia, to Arica on the coast
  • Oct 22 Russian fleet shoots at British fishing ship
  • Oct 27 First section of New York subway - Lower Manhattan to Broadway Harlem, opened by IRT (Interborough Rapid Transit), fare one nickel
  • Oct 28 St Louis police try a new investigation method - fingerprints
  • Oct 29 First intercity trucking service (Colorado City & Snyder, Texas)
  • Oct 29 Interborough Rapid Transit subway opens in New York City

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 1 Vladimir Horowitz, Kiev Ukraine, pianist (Carmen)
  • Oct 1 Otto Robert Frisch, Austrian-born physicist (d. 1979)
  • Oct 1 A.K. Gopalan, Indian communist leader (d. 1977)
  • Oct 2 Dermot Boyle, marshal (RAF)
  • Oct 2 Godfrey Baseley, radio executive
  • Oct 2 Shi Lal Bahadur Shastri, India premier (1964-66)

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Oct 2 [Henry] Graham Greene, English novelist (Brighton Rock, The Power and the Glory), born in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire (d. 1991)

  • Oct 3 Charles Pedersen, UK, biochemist (Nobel 1987)
  • Oct 4 Rene Mable Neighbour Cloke, illustrator
  • Oct 5 George Chesterman Phillips, naval officer
  • Oct 5 John Hoyt, Bronxville NY, actor (Gimme a Break, Tom Dick & Mary)
  • Oct 6 Horst Lange, German writer (The Long Lament), born in Liegnitz, Silesia (d. 1971)
  • Oct 7 Chuck Klein,Philadelphia Phillies (43 HRs in 1929), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Oct 9 Carl Parrish, composer
  • Oct 9 J Dito, Dutch dominican/broadcast chairman (KRO, 1938-45)
  • Oct 9 Wally Brown, Malden MA, actor (Zombies on Broadway, Girl Rush)
  • Oct 12 Ding Ling, Chinese writer (d. 1986)
  • Oct 12 Lester Dent, American writer (d. 1959)
  • Oct 13 Jutta Hecker, German writer, born in Weimar (d. 2002)
  • Oct 13 Wilfred Pickles, Halifax England, actor (Billy Liar, Gay Dog)
  • Oct 14 Karel Srom, Czech composer, born in Plzeň (d. 1981)
  • Oct 15 Julian Hodge, British financier/multi-millionaire (Hodge Group)
  • Oct 16 Reginald Dixon, Sheffield, Britain, theatre organist, (d. 1985)
  • Oct 18 A. J. Liebling, American journalist (d. 1963)
  • Oct 20 Anna Neagle, English actress (London Melody, Nurse Edith Cavell), born in London, England (d. 1986)
  • Oct 20 Tommy Clement Douglas, Canadian politician (d. 1986)

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Oct 20 Tommy Douglas, Canadian politician (Father of Medicare), born in Falkirk, Scotland (d. 1986)

Father of Medicare Tommy Douglas
Father of Medicare
Tommy Douglas
  • Oct 21 Edmond [Moore] Hamilton, US, sci-fi author (Danger Planet)
  • Oct 21 Patrick Kavanagh, Irish poet (d. 1967)
  • Oct 22 Paul Arma, Hungarian-French composer, born in Budapest (d. 1987)
  • Oct 23 Harvey Penick, American golfer (d. 1995)

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Oct 24 Moss Hart, playwright (You Can't Take it With You, Act 1), born in The Bronx, New York

Playwright Moss Hart
Moss Hart

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Oct 25 [Herman] Denny Shute, American golfer and three-time major champion, born in Cleveland, Ohio

Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner Denny Shute
Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner
Denny Shute
  • Oct 27 Erno Schwarz, Hungarian American soccer player (d. 1974)
  • Oct 28 Louis de Meester, composer
  • Oct 30 Alfred Gradstein, composer
  • Oct 30 Paul D Stoop, US vice-admiral (WW II-Coral Sea)

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 1 William GGVV Harcourt, historian/English Sect of State, dies at 76
  • Oct 4 Karl Bayer, Austrian chemist (b. 1847)

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Oct 4 Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi, French sculptor and designer of the Statue of Liberty, dies of tuberculosis at 70

  • Oct 8 Gustav Ratzenhofer, Austria sociologist/philosopher, dies at 62
  • Oct 13 Pavlos Melas, Greek officer who organized and participated in the Greek Struggle for Macedonia (b. 1870)
  • Oct 17 Nikolai Amani, composer, dies at 32
  • Oct 20 Henry Hiles, English composer, dies at 77
  • Oct 21 Isabelle Eberhardt, Swiss explorer and writer (b. 1877)
  • Oct 25 Teresa Milanollo, composer, dies at 77